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Independent Visitors


Independent Visitors (IV's) are volunteers who offer confidential support to a young person they have been specifically matched with. They are separate from social services, all other agencies and are there just for the young person. We make sure that every person has an Independent Visitor who is right for them. We look at what the person enjoys doing and match them with someone who they will get on with.

How it works:

  • One-to-one sessions, once per month in the community.

  • Session times and activities are chosen by the young person in conjunction with their IV, who will make arrangements directly with the carers.

  • IV's are supervised by project staff and are given a budget for appropriate activities.

  • The service provided is confidential - unless there is a concern about the young person or someone else.

  • IV visits can continue for as long as the young person consents, up until aged 18.

Access to Independent visiting sessions is a statutory entitlement for children and young people who are living with a foster family or in residential care.

For further information please see: Right Friend Campaign - YouTube

  • Aged 8 - 17

  • Living with a foster family, in a residential home or by themselves

With the person's permission, their social worker or carer can refer to us.

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